What is the key to Radia's success as a lobbyist? According to RK Anand, who has written a book on her, she had exceptional headhunting skills. She knew just who had to be recruited from retiring bureaucrats and corporate sector executives to be able to influence policy
Niira Radia, a key figure in the 2G spectrum scam and a lobbyist for top businessmen like Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani lived a colourful life. Starting life with a string of failures, she hit the big time only when she set up shop in India. Here's her story as told by criminal lawyer RK Anand, who has watched her at close quarters.
Niira Radia, says RK Anand in his book on her, used a former Sahara executive for her initial gameplan. Once she got close to BJP leader Ananth Kumar, who was Civil Aviation Minister under Vajpayee, the Sahara executive became a liability. She ditched him and allegedly got him into jail on a spurious charge.